Deadlock is the latest addition to Valorant’s agent pool and serves as the fifth Sentinel. Her arrival introduces an exciting kit that breaks away from the usual norms and pushes the boundaries of tactical gameplay. The developers have depicted her playstyle using the symbolism of a scorpion. Unlike spiders that weave intricate traps, scorpions patiently wait for the perfect moment to strike. What does this ‘scorpion approach’ mean in the context of Valorant? Let’s uncover the mystery.

Deadlock’s abilities do not fall under traditional Sentinel utility; instead, they revolve around precise timing and the swift exploitation of opportunities. Let’s delve into these abilities one by one.

Deadlock’s Abilities

E Ability: Barrier Mesh

Deadlock’s signature ability is ‘Barrier Mesh’. As its name suggests, it acts as a formidable blockade, obstructing enemy movement and neutralizing their utility. While it’s still unclear whether allies can traverse this forcefield, it undeniably halts opponents and even hinders certain abilities, like Skye’s dog.

The barrier, including its central structure, can be destroyed with bullets, though this task might prove costly considering the recent ammo nerf. Even though the duration of the barrier remains unconfirmed, it indisputably lasts a significant amount of time, at least 15 seconds unless destroyed. Its ability to stall advances is not to be underestimated.

Q Ability: Sonic Sensor

Deadlock’s Q ability, known as ‘Sonic Sensor’, deviates from the norm, relying on sound rather than line of sight to detect enemies. It’s an audio-triggered tool; gunfire, footsteps, or ability usage can set it off. Once triggered, it emits a stunning effect over a broad area, incapacitating enemies for about three seconds. However, the Sonic Sensor’s effectiveness heavily depends on the presence of audible cues, making it a bit unreliable for site detection.

C Ability: GravNet

Introducing a unique twist to throwable grenades, Deadlock’s C ability, the ‘GravNet’, slows down and restricts enemy movement. Once caught, enemies are forced to remain crouched for the duration of the effect. The ability can be disarmed like removing a cipher Dart from his camera, but its true value lies in its swiftness and activation. It can latch onto targets effortlessly, even when thrown into smokes or around corners.

X Ability: Annihilation

Deadlock’s ultimate ability, ‘Annihilation’, is one of the most fascinating additions to Valorant. It ensnares the first enemy that comes into contact with a pulse of nanowires, dragging them along a predetermined path towards an inevitable end, unless they are freed. This ultimate can provide a significant advantage, stalling bomb plants or defuses, and can even secure a victory in most one-on-one engagements.

Final Thoughts

Deadlock, the Sentinel disruptor, brings a refreshing twist to the Sentinel role, unlike any other agent we’ve seen before. She may not excel in information gathering like Cipher or Killjoy, but she compensates by introducing a range of stall tactics that benefit the entire team.

With Deadlock, you can imagine the potent combination of Killjoy and her in a fortified stronghold, or the synergy with Cipher whose tripwires remain concealed by her utility. Don’t forget the impressive combination she can achieve alongside agents like Astra or Reyes, with her ability to halt and obstruct foes in their tracks.

Mastering Deadlock’s full potential in your competitive matches will require effective communication and coordination with your team. Her entire repertoire of utilities is hinged upon the player’s ability to execute flawless timing when deploying them on the move. It’s a high-stakes game demanding finesse and precision.